St Kitts and Nevis: One Movement Manifesto features major plans for sports sector, digital economy

They promised to establish a National Sports Council to develop national sporting and leisure activities, and champion Inter-District, Inter-Secondary, Inter-Island, and Primary Sports meets. PAM and CCM also pledge to develop a National ICT Policy.

St Kitts and Nevis: One Movement Manifesto features major plans for sports sector, digital economy
St Kitts and Nevis: One Movement Manifesto features major plans for sports sector, digital economy

St Kitts and Nevis: People’s Action Movement (PAM) and Concerned Citizens Movement (CCM), through their One Movement Manifesto, announced major plans for the sports sector and digital economy, 

They promised to establish a National Sports Council to develop national sporting and leisure activities, and champion Inter-District, Inter-Secondary, Inter-Island, and Primary Sports meets. PAM and CCM also pledge to develop a National ICT Policy.

They promised to revitalise community sporting activities, promote national sporting competitions, and position ourselves to host international sporting events. They will promote Sports as a viable business that can generate individual and national income.

One Movement Government will, therefore: 

  • Establish a National Sports Council to develop national sporting and leisure activities, and champion Inter-District, Inter-Secondary, Inter-Island, and Primary Sports meets. This council will also be responsible for talent scouting and creating national sports teams to train and prepare for regional and international events.
  • Encourage and support athletes wishing to pursue sports as a profession through the provision of better infrastructure, access to training, scholarships, and scouting. 
  • Provide greater opportunities and awareness with international schools to visit and scout our athletic talent in order to give them a vehicle to higher education and increased exposure to sports as a profession
  • Establish a Masters Sports Programme to encourage accomplished sportspersons to coach and mentor youth. 
  • Ensure every student is given the opportunity to learn to swim as a matter of survival and/or sport. 
  • Build and upgrade existing sporting infrastructure, such as Kim Collins Stadium, Mondo Track, and other facilities, to train our athletes to compete globally. 
  • Fund sporting teams of communities in areas such as Basketball, Football, Cricket, Tennis, Volleyball and Netball to ignite a spirit of community competition, which will lead up to National titles. 
  • Provide greater support to our National Athletes through financial support and technical assistance during training and regional competitions. Encourage and support after-school clubs and teams. 
  • Host US Collegiate sports events and training camps as part of our sports tourism strategy. 
  • Facilitate training programs and expand opportunities for our young people across sports medicine, sports education, sports psychology, facilities management, coaching, athletes welfare, sports marketing, sports nutrition, and sports tourism, among other areas. 

Leader of PAM- Shawn K Richards added that Digital technologies would transform the public service, reduce transaction time and costs for the citizens, expand e-learning in our classrooms, and ensure that they help in providing high-value-added commercial crops. 

“We must therefore upgrade our technology and skills and raise productivity to ensure you receive your products on time at the right price. Our Federation must keep up with the pace at which the world is to ensure that no Kittitian and Nevisian is left behind.” 

  • One Movement Government will develop St. Kitts and Nevis’s digital economy by:
  •  Developing a National ICT Policy. This policy will see the adoption of smart technology in education, government, healthcare and business. Enhancing e-Government offerings. 
  • Expanding national digital infrastructure and digital platforms throughout the public service. 
  • Developing digital financial services. 
  • Accelerating digital entrepreneurship. 
  • Providing digital skills and literacy with a particular focus on our youth. Engaging in regional cooperation to bring economies of scale and scope to technology investments, shared knowledge, and a harmonised regulatory framework to ensure international competitiveness. 
  • Embarking on an aggressive program to create a digital revolution in St Kitts and Nevis. 

One that will see our people capitalise on employment and business opportunities globally while staying right here in St. Kitts and Nevis. 

  • Establishing free broadband Wi-Fi hotspots at all government public spaces across the island. 
  • Reducing import duties on all computer hardware, software, tablets, and smartphones. 
  • Outfitting community centres with Internet and IT equipment. The centres will have deployed volunteers working to assist community members in the use of ICT. 
  • Introduce “The Innovation Hub” as a national programme for the development of mobile apps, computer programming, and gaming, targeting young people, to propel them to careers in technology and innovation.